Social conservatives still wield influence in GOP

After Republicans badly lost the women’s vote in the 2012 presidential election, and after anti-abortion comments cost them Senate races they should have won, there were calls by party leaders and strategists to focus less on social issues. That word apparently didn’t get to Republican U.S. House members. Or, more likely, Tuesday’s vote to restrict almost all abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception reflects the influence that social conservatives still have in the GOP – and their unwillingness to be marginalized. The bill has no chance of making it through the Senate.